Fonds Collection

Virtual Showcases

The «Virtual Showcases» offer a glimpse of the extensive collection of artists’ fonds held in the Swiss Art Archives.
A selection of photos, letters and diary entries convey an impression of the documents preserved by SIK-ISEA.

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NEW: Johann Friedrich Büzberger Fonds

NEW: Johann Friedrich Büzberger Fonds

In 2019 SIK-ISEA acquired part of the written estate of judge Johann Friedrich Büzberger of Bern. Among the papers are many letters from Ferdinand Hodler, to whom Büzberger was a dear friend and lifelong patron. The letters date from the years 1884–1918.

Wilhelm Balmer Fonds

Wilhelm Balmer Fonds

In 2008 SIK-ISEA received the partial fonds of the Swiss painter Wilhelm Balmer (1865–1922) as a donation from the family estate. The collection includes numerous photographs of private and working life as well as individual sketchbooks by Wilhelm Balmer.

Otto Charles Bänninger Fonds

Otto Charles Bänninger Fonds

In the early 2010s, SIK-ISEA received the entire correspondence of Otto Charles Bänninger (1897–1973) as a gift from the family estate. The linchpin is Bänninger’s correspondence with the French sculptor Germaine Richier, who was married to him from 1929 until 1951.

Charles Blanc-Gatti Fonds

Charles Blanc-Gatti Fonds

SIK-ISEA was first entrusted with the Charles Blanc-Gatti (1890–1966) fonds in the early 1990s. A second, complementary donation followed in the mid-2000s. The abundance and coherence of this archive make it a first-class source for research into musicalist art.

Paul Bodmer Fonds

Paul Bodmer Fonds

These documents from the estate of Paul Bodmer (1886–1983) were gifted to SIK-ISEA by Zurich Central Library in 2017. Included among the papers are photographs, articles on the scandal that erupted over his murals for the Zurich University, and notes on his frescoes for the city’s Fraumünster church.